In April 2010, Jane Biehl’s life changed forever with a shocking diagnosis: Myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS). After discovering she had a rare form of blood cancer that required regular chemotherapy treatments and had an average life span of just over one hundred months, Biehl set down an unexpected path where she learned to always eat the donut and never give up hope.
Biehl writes with honesty and humor while sharing personal essays that poignantly describe the roller coaster of her cancer journey over the past eight years. After revealing how she recovered from the shock and numbness and decided to face the reality of living with MDS, Biehl leads others through her experiences as she dealt with the painful and debilitating side effects of her treatments and medications, became her own advocate, developed a love/hate relationship with chemo, embraced the comfort provided by her loyal service dog, and ultimately learned to seize the day. Included are lists of resources on natural treatments, cancer drugs, and organizations that can help.
Life Is Short—Eat the Donut! shares anecdotes and helpful insights gleaned by a cancer survivor that gently remind all of us that life is a precious gift.